India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge: Contrived comedy

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Atithi Tum Kab JaogeA moustache. That was the basis for one of the best comedies of Indian cinema — Hrishikesh Mukherjee‘s “Golmaal” — made in the 1970s.

There were no overly dramatic situations, no comedians, no toilet humour and yet, there was so much laughter in that film.

Since then, many a filmmaker has tried to capture that elusive charm of Mukherjee’s cinema, naming their films after his, borrowing concepts, but few have come close.

Perhaps these filmmakers forget the cardinal rule of laughter — it doesn’t work if you try too hard.

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